Reclaiming Our Way promoting the well-being of African American children & families


Bobby Ross Avila featuring Jasiri-X – “No Apology”

A push to stop the violence against Black and Brown people...


The Babies – Jasiri X

Introductory comments by Jasiri X, via The Perception Institute...

Samuel DuBose was on his way home to watch a movie with his 9-year-old son, Samuel Jr. According to Samuel Jr., “He was coming home that night and we had a projector so we were going to watch a movie on it but we didn’t get to do that … because he died.” University of Cincinnati Officer Ray Tensing shot Samuel in his head after pulling him over for a missing license plate. And while Officer Tensing gets to go home to his family after posting bond, Samuel Jr. and his 12 brothers and sisters will never see their father again.

“I can’t get him back,” Samuel Jr. told WLWT-TV, “he’s gone, he’s watching me right now, I can’t see him or talk to him or nothing.”

In April of this year the New York Times published an article called “1.5 Million Missing Black Men“:

In New York, almost 120,000 black men between the ages of 25 and 54 are missing from everyday life. In Chicago, 45,000 are, and more than 30,000 are missing in Philadelphia. Across the South — from North Charleston, S.C., through Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi and up into Ferguson, Mo. — hundreds of thousands more are missing.

They are missing, largely because of early deaths or because they are behind bars.

What effect do these missing black men have on the most vulnerable members of our community, our babies? What impact does it have on children to be denied invaluable time with their parents? What does it do to the psyche of black youth to see the people they love being mass incarcerated or murdered? How do they feel when they see their peers killed by the police and their families receive no justice? These are the questions I attempted to explore in my latest video, “The Babies.”

Produced by Idasa Tariq, “The Babies” contains a sample of legendary poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron singing, “but no one stops to think about the babies.”  Sadly, I believe he’s 100 percent correct. We are often so contradictory in what we say to our children and the way we actually behave, it’s laughable. We suspend children for fighting, while we bomb our enemies. We punish them for lying and stealing, yet reward corporations and politicians for doing the very same thing. It’s my hope that this video will make us think deeply about the need for us to be involved in our communities, and what steps we have to take as a country, to truly make America a place of freedom and justice for all.


Don’t Let Them Get Away With Murder by Jasiri X (ft. Emmanuel “Manny” Deanda)


Do We Need to Start a Riot? – Jasiri X

Riots are not new in this country. Ask anyone in touch with the sentiments within the Black community, and they'll tell you that these forms of rebellion are never too far off, especially in communities that are on the receiving end of the most naked and brutal forms of state sanctioned and/or state-imposed institutional and structural violence.

As long as this nation's government institutions ignore the concerns and cries of the people, the anger and frustration is inevitably going to boil over. And despite what people say to the contrary, riots and mass protests do in fact get the attention of many who would otherwise ignore what's happening. Black rage can only be suppressed and repressed for so long.

Indeed, we've always had teachers and artists forecasting this reaction.

Here's a Jasiri X video from July 2012, speaking to this very issue, and within the context of violence directed against Black men and women.


Young, Gifted, and Black – 1Hood / Jasiri

Words have power. As does the music that carries them. Much appreciation for this collective, spreading positive messages and simultaneously challenging society's stereotypes about Black youth. They are not alone, as this has always been a connecting thread throughout the history of hip hop. Intergenerational wisdom and sharing. We are one.

"Young, Gifted, and Black" featuring Jasiri X, Tyhir Frost, Haze the Kid, and L U C, is the first release from 1Hood, a collective of Hip-Hop artists with a mission to improve self-image, dispel stereotypes, and provide a positive forum of self-expression in a field were African American youth are either underrepresented or misrepresented in media. "Young, Gifted, and Black" was directed by Paradise Gray and Haute Muslim and is featured on 1Hood's upcoming mixtape, "Welcome to Our World".

1Hood Media Academy helps youth critically analyze media messages, broaden media experience, and develop creative skills needed in creating their own media. Our mission is to improve self-image, dispel stereotypes, and provide a positive forum of self-expression. The course will include, though not limited to, Hip Hop lyricism and beat production, the art of blogging, photography, video production, and social media. To find out more information about 1Hood Media, please visit

Video posted on Oct 17, 2014


Dear Marissa – Jasiri X


21 Forever – Jasiri X: Pushing Hip-Hop (and those of us who love it) to Grow Up

Here's a video we can all appreciate as we continue to settle into 2014. In this latest video, Jasiri X highlights the tragic reality of too many hip-hop artists continuing to push the same garbage they've been pushing for so many years. Even as they've gotten older, and settled into relationships and families, the message in their music hasn't experienced any equivalent levels of maturity.

Evidenced by this video, however, among many others (some of which I've highlighted previously), we know there are plenty willing to push the envelope, and tell stories of growth, learning, and resistance against racism and other forms of oppression.

In Jasiri X's words...

But if we don’t actively work to change the culture of violence in our communities, and a music industry that celebrates, promotes, and profits off of Black death, then we can guarantee even more murders in 2014.

I made the song “21 Forever” because I was tired of hearing the same played out and destructive topics in almost every rap song that made it to the mainstream. Even worse, many of the artists performing these songs were in their mid 30s or older. These grown men are not just rappers, most are fathers and successful entrepreneurs. How come when don’t hear more songs about being in committed relationships, good parenting, and running a successful legitimate business? Why do we continue to hear the same hood stories of selling drugs and pimping women on repeat?

In 2014, with Hip-Hop turning 40, and many of it’s most successful representatives approaching middle age, will we finally grow up? Or will Hip-Hop be 21 forever?

Indeed, these words apply to those of us who love hip-hop as well.

Newest Video by Jasiri X... Published on Dec 31, 2013

Directed by Ali Baba Rosenthal III and Xavier Ruffin, "21 Forever" is produced by Religion and appears on Jasiri X's new album "Ascension"


Mandela [Listen to What the Drums Say] – Jasiri X

Here's a really powerful tribute to Nelson Mandela's legacy by Jasiri X, Listen to What the Drums Say.

Courage is the triumph over fear...
With hard work comes progress...
Have faith in justice...
Show compassion to everyone...



Strange Fruit (Class of 2013) – Jasiri X

Renisha McBride... Jonathan Ferrel... Kendrick Johnson...  As we push further into this annual holiday season, let's not forget about our brothers and sisters whose lives have been taken all too soon.  And please don't think for a moment that the fate of any one of us, or someone else in our family, is immune from this racial pathology.

The Jasiri X video below is shared as a reminder as we enter this season of reflection, celebration and planning for a new year.

We all have to do a lot more to prevent the next Renisha, the next Jonathan, the next Kendrick, tragedy from happening.  New names get added to the list each year.  We owe it to our ancestors, and our unborn children, to stop passing this pathology on to yet another generation.

Living through another series of "Black firsts" means relatively little if we cannot protect our children and other family members from the sickness of racism - in any of its forms.  We've had many Black firsts throughout our history in this country, and indeed throughout the history of this world.  Let's demand more of ourselves, and others, for the sake of our children and those unborn.

Please reflect on this as you push through this annual season of family and good cheer.

Many thanks to Jasiri X for his consistent advocacy, as reflected this time on Strange Fruit (Class of 2013)...

Published by Jasiri X on Nov 18, 2013

Dedicated to the memories of Renisha McBride, Jonathan Ferrell and Kendrick Johnson, Strange Fruit (Class of 2013) was produced by Religion and directed by Haute Muslim




Blood On The Leaves Remix – Jasiri X